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Pro Football Focus ranks Vikings as NFL’s best defense

The Minnesota Vikings’ defense has terrific numbers through six games, ranking fourth in yards per play allowed and fifth in points against. Pro Football Focus rates them even better than the numbers, slotting them as…


Barr returns to practice Thursday

The Minnesota Vikings are dinged up heading into their matchup with the Baltimore Ravens. While linebacker Anthony Barr returned on a limited basis from a concussion, receivers Stefon Diggs and Michael Floyd were still missing…


Teddy Bridgewater: ‘I definitely believe I’ll play this year’

When is Teddy coming back? As soon as Teddy Bridgewater was cleared for practice on Monday, the biggest question surrounding the Minnesota Vikings became when they would see their franchise quarterback back under center. Bridgewater…


Teddy Bridgewater wants to be an inspiration

During Teddy Bridgewater’s 14 months away from the field, he held onto a mantra that drove him to keep working to come back. The Vikings’ quarterback wanted to be able to share his story of beating…


Is there anything left of the old Joe Flacco?

The debate over whether Joe Flacco qualified as an elite quarterback had a really good run. But his play over the last three seasons has put an end to any conversation over his status. Now…


Hockey Half Hour Notebook: Newfound respect in Gophers-Hawks rivalry

Minnesota and North Dakota first met on the hockey rink in the 1947-48 season, meaning Friday’s game between the Golden Gophers and Fighting Hawks will mark 70 years of this border rivalry. There have been dozens of…


Wolves look disjointed in loss but all the pieces are there

The sky is not falling and the world is not ending. A 107-99 loss to the Kawhi Leonard-less San Antonio Spurs was not what many expected. There is an opportunity to steal a win whenever…


Diggs, Floyd injuries offer prove-it chance for Treadwell

Back in August, Laquon Treadwell held court following a training camp practice, telling several reporters that he’d seen the light. He’d learned from stars Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen how to “win” against NFL corners…


Vikings, Ravens both missing key starters in Wednesday’s practice

Sunday’s game between the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens is shaping up to be a matter of which team’s second string is stronger. On Wednesday, the Vikings were without starters Sam Bradford, Stefon Diggs, Nick…


Terrell Suggs still a top linebacker at age 35

Since Terrell Suggs debuted in the NFL in 2003, he’s been one of the league’s best pass rushers. He’s picked up 119 sacks over his 14 years, including 4.5 in the first six games so…


Teddy Bridgewater returns to practice, Sam Bradford still absent

It’s been nearly 14 months since Teddy Bridgewater has stepped on the field at Winter Park for a real practice. On Wednesday, he was back. No longer is Bridgewater forced to work out on the…


Zimmer, Harbaugh both enduring rollercoaster seasons

Every team in the NFL goes through injuries and the ups and downs of a regular season, but the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens are at the top of the list of teams that have…


Twins to buy out final year of Glen Perkins’ contract

Former Twins closer Glen Perkins is now a free agent. The Twins have informed Perkins that they won’t pick up the 2018 option in his contract, a source said. That would have paid Perkins $6.5…


Zulgad: This season Tom Thibodeau has the Timberwolves team he wants

The Timberwolves entered last season with hopes of breaking a 12-year playoff drought. This was based largely on the fact they had hired Tom Thibodeau as coach and president of basketball operations. Thibodeau had taken…


Zimmer preaches patience with Bridgewater

Mike Zimmer is probably at the top of the list of people thrilled to see Teddy Bridgewater back on the practice field, but the Minnesota Vikings’ head coach emphasized Wednesday that his quarterback has hurdles…


Report: Two experienced candidates emerge in search for Twins pitching coach

The Twins are looking to replace Neil Allen as pitching coach, and it appears there won’t be an immediate decision on the hire. Allen was let go 9 days ago, and manager Paul Molitor and…


How can the Gophers improve against the run?

One of the recipes for success as a football team centers around playing quality defense. In Big Ten play, the Gophers’ rush defense has been a clear weakness. Over the past three games, the Gophers’…


P.J. Fleck tries to keep ’em guessing, but Demry Croft expected to start at QB for Gophers

Although it will be a surprise if Demry Croft doesn’t start at quarterback on Saturday for the Gophers in their homecoming game against Illinois, coach P.J. Fleck refused to reveal that information Tuesday. The depth…


The Timberwolves are positioned for a return to the playoffs … finally

One thing is on the minds of Minnesota Timberwolves fans everywhere: the NBA playoffs. The team hasn’t made the playoffs in 13 years, in case you haven’t heard. Four years ago the Wolves had similar…


Film review: Play-actions and personnel packages driving Vikings passing game

For a team that’s been missing its quarterback for all but six quarters of the season, the Minnesota Vikings have had pretty impressive production in the passing game. The Vikings are ninth in total passing…


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